It’s always cool to see stars from different decades work together on a movie or TV show. Think of Brad Pitt and Robert Redford in Spy Game, a movie about the CIA that isn’t as well-known as it should be. Or Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen in the dark drama Funny People, which was directed by Judd Apatow.
Now, Netflix is making a movie called “You People,” which will cover 40 years of comedy and go into some sensitive topics. Eddie Murphy and Jonah Hill, two of the funniest actors of their own generations, will be in charge of this movie’s comedic direction. Also, don’t forget Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
The movie could go deep into the serious racial problems that have been passed down from generation to generation and are still making headlines today. It’s like a race-swapped version of the classic Sydney Poitier movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
It’s also a snapshot of how ignorant and clueless people still are in 2023. Based on the trailer, the tone of the story written by Hill and Kenya Barris (Black-ish) seems to be on the lighter side for how hard it is. Here is all the information we have about You People.
You People Release Date
Hill is known for being able to act in a wide range of styles, from funny to serious. This movie could show Hill’s abilities from one end of the spectrum to the other. You, People, could be a very unique and deep movie experience if you add in the comedic and dramatic experience of Murphy, Louis-Dreyfus, and Duchovny.
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You People Plot
You People is about a 30-year-old man named Ezra Cohen, who is played by Jonah Hill. He is the archetype of the guy who just can’t seem to get a break. He is the main character in many romantic comedies. He runs into Amira Mohammed by chance and thinks she is his Uber driver, so he steps right into her car.
The awkward meeting leads to a date, which leads to the relationship Ezra has been longing for. Ezra wants to ask Amira to marry him, but he is a traditional and polite guy, so he wants to ask her parents first. Eddie Murphy is a force of nature when it comes to making people laugh.
Blackness and Jewishness, two social topics that Murphy and Hill often talk about, will be big parts of You People. This will make for a more interesting meeting of comedic legends and bigger ideas. Barris talked to Complex about this.
You People The Cast
Hill plays the main character, Ezra, and the rest of the cast is strong even without him. Akbar Mohammed is a serious Muslim man who is played by Murphy. Nia Long (The Boiler Room, Big Momma’s House) plays his wife Fatima, and Lauren London plays their daughter and future bride-to-be Amira (Without Remorse).
In Ezra’s house, Julia-Louis Dreyfus will play his struggling, woke mother Shelley Cohen, and David Duchovny, one half of the X-Files dynamic duo, will play his struggling, woke father Arnold Cohen.
The rest of the cast will be made up of Sam Jay as himself (from Saturday Night Live) and Travis Bennet as Omar (from Tyler, the Creator, and Loiter Squad). The script was written by Hill and Kenya Barris, who was making his first movie as a director.
His writing for Black-ish, Coming 2 America, and Shaft made him famous (2019). We expect great comedic writing from You People now that these two great writers are working together. Barris talked to Complex about the project even more.